FREE Ice Cream Social: Make Your Own Sundae at


DELICIOUS FRIDAY at – Serving Up FREE Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream


We love Kodak and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and invite all our Orange County neighbors to an old-fashion ice cream social on Friday, June 5th from 12:00 -2:00 pm at our Irvine retail photo center.
Since 1990, we have been bring smiles to many at our retail photo center [30 Minute Photos Etc.] and more recently through – our international photo scanning and online digital imaging service.
Now, our division is gearing up for providing more joy and yummy treats with our DELICIOUS FRIDAY’S. Stop by, say hello and make your own complimentary Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Sundae, while supply lasts. See if we have your favorite flavor?
And, to continue with the do-it-yourself theme, bring in all those shoeboxes of photos, 35mm slides and film negatives to have us scan and preserve your photo memories on digital DVDs. Also gather your digital photo memory cards, camera cell phones and other digital files to create beautiful Kodak memories; it’s super easy to use our banks of Kodak photo kiosks.
Click here for directions.
Bring your kids and the whole family! We are looking forward to seeing you for DELICIOUS FRIDAY’S at

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How to Participate in National Photo Preservation Month

Did you know there are more than 3.5 trillion analog photographic pictures – representing generations of families’ historical “Kodak moments” that have not been seen in years and are clamoring to be digitized?

Created by to help call attention to and preserve all those shoeboxes of treasured photo snapshots, the National Photo Preservation Month [NPPM] begins on January 1, 2009. Its goal is to draw awareness to and showcase the obligation of protecting those special photo memories before they fade away.

The month of January was selected to coincide with the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This is the world’s largest consumer trade show, where new consumer products are introduced and often the seed for innovations that surround digital imaging.

“Using Kodak digital imaging technology, it is possible to affordably and quickly digitize all those snapshots,” explained Mitch Goldstone, founder of NPPM and president and CEO of, an international ecommerce photo imaging service that was founded in 1990 by its parent company, 30 Minute Photos Etc, based in Irvine, California.

Goldstone said “the demand to digitize pictures is mandated by the span of time which leads many older photos to fade away or become misplaced. The month-long NPPM campaign will also help connect entire families with their past, as they revisit, share and create new ways to preserve and have fun with their snapshots.”

Why was the National Photo Preservation Month created?

The idea was sparked from National Geographic Traveler magazine’s Jan/Feb 2009 front cover headline, “Preserving Your Travel Photos” which featured a lengthy article by Scott S. Stuckey on how to make your travel photos truly timeless. Traveler’s senior photo editor, Daniel Westergren explained that “the short answer is to scan your old pictures.” This advice guided to help promote making all your photo memories timeless through the establishment of NPPM to draw attention to preserving photos.

How to get involved with National Photo Preservation Month

1) Collect all your old photos. Get your entire family and circle of friends involved as a treasure hunt to track down those Polaroid snapshots, shoeboxes of pictures and photos stacked away in draws and on closet shelves.

2) Use your favorite social networking website, from MySpace, Twitter, FaceBook, Blogger and others to ask your relatives and friends to find those old school pictures, vacation shots, wedding and other special occasion photo memories.

3) Share your stories. Write to local newspapers and blog about your experience as you revisit those special photo memories. Once your photos are digitized, tag each one with descriptive messages and narratives. Write a story about who was in the picture and note something special about the person, scene or event so future generations can keep those memories alive.

4) Keep the momentum going. According to reports by customers, the average household has about 5,000 photo snapshots. Once the pictures are pooled together, get it scanned. There are a variety of photo scanning services available, from independent photo imaging retail labs to high-volume, bulk scanning services like

5) Share your story and ask the experts for help to preserve your photos. As part of NPPM, the website is extending is free Live Support Help Desk to assist with instant answers to questions on how to preserve and digitize your photos. Profiles recounting how people are preserving their photos will be posted at “Tales from the World of Photo Scanning” [] and gathered to share with tech, consumer and lifestyle reporters.

More info and media inquiries, contact: Mitch Goldstone,, Goldstone (at), 949-474-7654, 30 Minute Photos Etc. Retail Photo Center

Perfect Touch Prints

Get better, brighter pictures automatically when you use the KODAK Picture Kiosk. This exclusive Kodak technology examines every picture as you preview your prints. We automatically enhance your pictures to deliver exceptional Kodak quality—every time you print. Make prints with:

  • Fewer dark shadows
  • More vibrant colors – enhances bright, bold colors while keeping skin tones true to life
  • Richer detail
  • Red-eye detection – can automatically correct about 80% of red eye problems


Over 92% of consumers recommend prints from our Kodak kiosks to their friends and family.*

Everyone loves to share their pictures. But not everyone is as careful with your prints as you are. You want to protect them for years to come. Don’t worry! Prints from the KODAK Picture Kiosk are coated with KODAK XTRALIFE™ lamination to be especially durable. Real KODAK pictures with XTRALIFE™ lamination are waterproof. We just wiped the water off—no damage to the quality of the picture. Prints from the KODAK Picture Kiosk are also wipeable. So fingerprints, smudges, liquids, and even mustard will wipe right off.

Photos from your Phone

Get real KODAK Pictures right from your phone. Real fast. Got a great shot on your phone that you want to turn into a great print? It’s quick and easy. Walk right up to the kiosk. Beam your favorite pictures right to the screen using Bluetooth technology, and the kiosk does the rest. In just seconds you can turn those temporary, candid snapshots into real KODAK Pictures. Everyone will want one.

Due to the changing size of images that phones and other mobile devices can capture and transmit, making prints can be a challenge. KODAK Kiosks will notify you if the resolution of your phone image is not sufficient for the print size you select—and recommend options for KODAK Quality Prints.

Enhance Your Photos

Zoom & Crop

Zoom in on the important details in your picture. Crop out unwanted backgrounds. Or, use these simple tools in creative ways to highlight something special in your picture. Just touch the screen to get the result you want.

Remove Red-Eye

It’s the most common problem with photos that people want to fix. We’ve made it so easy to remove red eye. Just touch the screen to highlight the eyes in your photo. Touch “Remove Red Eye” feature on the screen. It’s gone!

Adjust Brightness, Contrast & Color

Change color photos to black & white or sepia in seconds.

  • Start with a color photo and create a black and white print for a classic, creative look.
  • Create an aged, warm look from a color photo with our Sepia feature.


Make your picture as vibrant as you remember it. Just touch the screen to adjust levels of contrast, brightness, and color. You can also get creative and change the amount a color in your photos for a very custom look.

Add Creative Borders for a Custom Creation

Choose from a wide variety of themes and styles to create:

  • Custom photo pages
  • Birth announcements
  • Cards and invitations
  • Calendars
  • Photo gifts


Personalize Your Pictures With Text

Add a special message to your photo in just minutes. Create a unique look. You choose the style and color of the message. Add special greetings, fun captions, and important dates. Preview your creation onscreen before you print and pay.

Kodak Picture Movie DVD

“Don’t just look at pictures…. Relive your memories” with KODAK Picture Movie DVDs. Click here for an informative video and sample.

Order your own multi-media KODAK Picture Movie DVDs from your favorite 60 pictures, includes your choice of music from popular artists and all orders are completed almost instantly.

The KODAK Picture Movie DVD even includes special pan and zoom effects for a true movie experience. That’s all there is to it! Watch your favorite photos on TV. Ordering is super-easy and super-fast.

Why only 60 pictures? Even though the average order is about 2,500 images scanned, we have found that to retain viewer interest and preserve the special impact that the most important photos represent, 60 pictures is the perfect quantity, without having your guests’ eyes begin to close.

SONG LIST:Energetic

  • On The Road Again – Willie Nelson
  • Pump Up the Jam – Technotronic
  • Shout – The Isley Brothers
  • That’s The Way I Like It – KC and The Sunshine Band


  • Dancing In the Street – Martha Reeves and the Vadellous
  • Everlasting Love – Carl Carlton
  • I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters
  • What I Like About You – The Romantics


  • St. Elmo’s Fire – John Parr
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terell
  • Shining Star – Earth, Wind and Fire
  • Walking on Sunshine – Katherine and the Waves


  • Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson
  • Calling All Angles – Train
  • Dust in the Wind – Kansas
  • Three Times a Lady – The Commodores


  • Baby Love – Diana Ross and the Supremes
  • I’ll Be – Edwin McCain
  • My Girl – The Temptations
  • Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie and the Blow Fish


  1. Pick which service you would like:
    • Choose the prepaid boxes to add this new feature
    • Choose the Pay-per-1,000 option where you mail in your pictures in your own box to add this new feature on the order from.
    • Choose the service without any other services. Fill out this form and include it with the 60 pictures of your choice for us to scan and create your Kodak Picture Movie DVD.
    • Choose the service from your existing digital files. Mail up to 60 JPEG images (minimum 20) on a CD in the order you want it to appear on the KODAK Picture Movie DVD. Be sure to fill out this form to include with your order.
  2. Choose up to 60 pictures and place in sequence order, beginning with the first image you want to view on the KODAK Picture Movie DVD. Please make sure these 60 pictures are separated from the rest, are clearly marked to be used for the KODAK DVD and add to your box. If more than 60 are included, only the first 60 images will be used.
  3. Choose up to ten words (titles, descriptions, special introduction) that will be electronically embedded into the opening credit for your KODAK Picture Movie DVD.
  4. Choose ONE song from the list below and we will have that added as part of the multi-media DVD presentation.
  5. Any questions, use the 24/7 Live Support help desk.

More info, click here for more info on Stand Out Profile –


Stand Out: Power of Reinvention Keeps This Biz Owner Afloat

November 28, 2008
SMALL-BUSINESS OWNERS, what are you doing to stand out from the crowd? Each week, we focus on an entrepreneur who has lessons to share that we think will resonate with other small-business owners.

Mitch Goldstone, co-founder of, answers our questions:

What are you doing to stand out from the crowd?

We started out as a traditional retail photo center almost two decades ago. Then came the advent of digital photography and the Internet and traditional photography as we knew it was dead. While most photo labs shut down, we did what we could to survive. We embraced new technology and reinvented ourselves. We now scan and digitize up to one million analog photographs a day for consumers around the globe.

Name: Mitch Goldstone
Mitch GoldstoneBusiness:, a digital photo-scanning service.
Industry: Photography
Location: Irvine, Calif.
Year founded: 1990
Number of employees: 11
Web site:

What’s the best part about owning your own business?

We make people cry — literally. When customers see their snapshots redone in a digital format, they get emotional. It’s rewarding to know that the work we do allows people to revisit memories that were previously shoved away in shoeboxes.

What’s the biggest challenge of owning your own business?

Keeping up with lightning-fast technological shifts remains a challenge. We read everything, including articles on topics way beyond our scope of expertise. We also attend nearly 20 tradeshows and conferences each year just to keep on top of things.

What’s the biggest hurdle you’ve overcome?

After the traditional photo industry died, having to completely reinvent the business for life after film was singularly our biggest hurdle. It was either reinvent ourselves or shut down. We chose the former.

What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made?

Several years ago, we strayed away from our prime vendor, Kodak. I had redirected our focus and broadened our selection of vendors. That was a big mistake. It led us into a realm of using inferior technology, which slowed our processes and diminished our product’s quality. Today, we only use Kodak products. Their technology is largely the reason for our success.

What’s the best business advice you can offer?

Read everything. Attend trade shows and conferences in many diverse fields.


A New Way to View and Share Your Scanned Photos

All New Photo Experience: Just for you from  Our redesigned online photo and photo gift service is ready for your visit right now.  The PhotoCentral 3 is the exciting new, improved online service from ScanMyPhotos that lets you View, Edit, Share, Print and Archive your digital photos. PhotoCentral 3 features an all-new, tabbed interface that simplifies navigation and online ordering. Orders are ready in minutes at our Orange County, California retail photo center, or mailed back the same business day. The hundreds of unique products and features from our retail photo kiosks are now easy to load onto your computer. In minutes, you design super-easy photo scrap booking pages, wall-art, photo calendars, photo books, photo greeting cards and hundred of other innovative and extraordinary products to share and save your photo memories.


Upload your photos to our site, create albums to order prints from or share with others. It’s the quick and easy way to let others view your photos of family and friends or that special occasion, such as a wedding, vacation or birthday.


Choose the photos you want to print, what size and quantity you want. Hit send and your order is sent to our Irvine, California headquarters for processing. All orders received by 2PM Pacific Time will be printed the same day.

Everyone loves to share their pictures. But not everyone is as careful with your prints as you are. You want to protect them for years to come. Don’t worry! Prints from ScanMyPhotos are coated with KODAK XTRALIFEtmlamination to be especially durable. Real KODAK pictures with XTRALIFEtm lamination are waterproof. Just wiped the water off — no damage to the quality of the picture. So fingerprints, smudges, liquids, and even mustard will wipe right off.


PHOTO BOOKS: Create custom Photo Books to tell your story in a fun way that is ideal for both presentation and preservation of your memories. You choose the page layout from many different templates, add text and edit your photos. Don’t just show your photos, tell the story with them instead. Great for photos from weddings, vacations, parties or just for fun!

PHOTO GREETING CARDS: Photo greeting cards are a great way to share your photos. Custom cards for every occasion and holiday. Create the traditional one-sided 4×8 photo card or all new custom 5×7 folded cards with your photos and your custom text. Its like having your own greeting card company at your fingertips. Envelopes are included with every order and cards are as low as 59 cents per card.


Our new store lets you crop, zoom, pan, grayscale, and antique your online photos. You can even remove red-eye with one button click. You can undo any edits and even revert to the original photo at any time.

The new interface features a new WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) photo cropping tool that’s part of the Print Order page. You can now crop your photos, in the aspect ratio of the print size just ordered, without leaving the Print Order page.


You can share any album to a family member or friend with your customized message and even features an Address Book where you can define groups like My Friends, My Family, Baseball Mothers, etc… – you can share to everyone in any group with a single click.

You can specify the caption, people, event, date, place, and even rate your online photos. We call this photo tagging. And you can search your albums and albums shared to you for matches to these tags. It will display the found photos in a custom view – you can even save this view to a new album. And share it!

Album owners and their share recipients can add a running commentary to any photo in an album. We call them Yaks. And anytime a yak has been added to a photo, the owner and last yakker get notified by email. The recipient clicks a link in the email and gets sent directly to the yakked photo.


The look, the feel, and the fun of the new ScanMyPhotos are identical on Macintosh and Windows computers using Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome.


Download and install our all new iPhoto (Mac) or Picasa (PC) plug-in and you can export your photos from the two most popular photo organization programs directly to ScanMyPhotos. It’s free and easy. Edit the photos your way, upload only the photos you want and have them printed, instantly.

“30 Minute Photos Etc. remodels store around Kodak APEX dry printing system” (via PMA Newsline)

30 Minute Photos Etc. and, Irvine, Calif., launched what it calls “an entirely new photo retail experience,” centered around the Eastman Kodak APEX retail dry printing solution. As an “environmentally friendly and chemical free” photo centre, 30 Minute Photos Etc. also touts its energy efficient air conditioning and lighting, as well as an array of other eco-friendly solutions.

“The Kodak Experience is modern, smart, and boasts extraordinary color and professional quality photo products that you have come to expect from Kodak,” explained Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of and 30 Minute Photos Etc. The in-store Kodak kiosks are all linked to APEX to create instant photo products, including photo books, Kodak Picture Movie DVDs, prints from camera phones, collage posters, and more.
[source: PMA Newsline]


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Kodak: Pictures Are More than Computer Files

The recent Wall Street Journal D All Things Digital conference included the Eastman Kodak Company as a lead sponsor. Along with photo specialty retailers and digital imaging entrepreneurs worldwide, and 30 Minute Photos Etc. salutes Kodak’s leadership in recognizing that pictures are more than just jpeg files. It is about telling and sharing stories. Kodak’s mandate is to provide the tools to create hundreds of inspiring, smart and fun new ways to share your pictures once they are digitized.

In case you missed Kodak’s full-page Wall Street Journal ad on June 9th, we are reposting it below.


State of the Picture

If anyone has been around long enough to have a perspective on pictures, it’s Kodak. And frankly, we don’t like what we’re seeing.

The emotional truth of pictures is under attack. And it’s under attack by corporations that don’t even understand what pictures are really about. They treat people’s most precious images as if they were nothing more than file formats. They create technology for technology’s sake – not for people’s sake.

We’re here to take a stand against that.

We want to remind the world what pictures are really about: the humanity. The emotional connections. The ability to touch the hearts of others like nothing else can.

For over a century, Kodak has helped people unleash the emotional power of the picture and unlock its magic in all its glorious incarnations.

And that’s what we continue to do now – in more ways than ever.

Kodak believes in creativity with a purpose: to make someone smile, cry, laugh, remember or simply, never forget. And doing wonderful things with pictures is something we should all be able to enjoy – you shouldn’t have to be a technology whiz.

After all, the world is a better place when we get our pictures out of our devices and into our hands, into our living rooms, onto our friend’s walls and our parent’s mantels – where they belong.

We’re going to make it simple: you bring the stories you want to tell.

And we’ll bring everything else.

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